Sunday, November 25, 2018
Leave-Taking (Apodosis) of the Entrance of the Theotokos
Great-martyr Katherine the All-wise of Alexandria
Martyr Mercurios of Caesarea in Cappadocia; Martyr Mercurios of Smolensk
Welcome to All Saints. We are thankful you have chosen to worship God with us today. Let us get to know you.
Nourishment of the Soul: “True wealth, for me, is to see you in the Kingdom of Heaven.”
– Elder Amphilochios Makris of Patmos
Coffee Hour: Scheduled contributors for today are those with last names beginning G-Z.
Food Pantry: The shelves are well-filled…thanks: Your usual donations are welcome, but there has been a request for creamed chicken soup. Peanut butter supply is getting low!
Help fill the Gift Bag! Bring children’s hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves to donate to local needy school children in the Bloomington area. This ministry will continue through February.
Receiving the Eucharist: We invite you to receive the Holy Eucharist if you are an Orthodox Christian who has prepared yourself through fasting, prayer, and recent confession. If you are not Orthodox, or are Orthodox but have not prepared, we invite you to receive a piece of the blessed bread in the wooden bowls held by the altar servers at the front of the church. Approach to the cup starts at the front rows; the choir and preschool go first.
The Nativity Fast continues until Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, November 28: Daily Vespers at 6:00
Friday, November 30: Akathist to the Protection of the Theotokos at 6:00
Saturday, December 1: Great Vespers at 5:00 with St. Nicholas Celebration 6:00
Sunday, December 2: Matins at 9:00; Divine Liturgy at 10:00
St. Nicholas Night is scheduled for Saturday, December 1st, following Great Vespers. What to expect? Children leave their shoes in the hallway, awaiting the arrival of St. Nicholas ! Children and Adults who are young at heart will enjoy an evening of Food, Fellowship and Entertainment. Bring your friends and family.
Myrrh Bearers meet today around Noon.
…O101 Topics in Coming Weeks: “When We Say God, Part 2”, “God with Us”, “Our Ultimate Purpose”, “Salvation as Participation”
…Aunt Ruth’s Toffee for Christmas will be available soon in the bookstore.
…December 15th: Dee Haney and April Blair are planning their annual Women’s Christmas open house. Arrive at 11:00 and enjoy fun, food, and games with these well-seasoned hostesses!
… Invitation to Door Opening of Saint Ananias Orthodox Mission in Evansville: Sat., Dec. 15th at 4 pm.
The Evansville area was targeted by the late V. Rev. Fr. Peter Gilquist and V. Rev. Fr. Nabil Hanna as the largest metro area in the country without an Orthodox Church. Nine years ago, Fr. Daniel Hackney, his family and a few faithful began holding regular services and ministry. A significant amount of time, talent and treasure has come from the Indiana Deanery since this mission’s inception. Now this is an opportunity to see the fruit of your labor of love. His Grace, Bishop ANTHONY will concelebrate at the service. A reception follows.
RSVP at www.stananiasorthdox.org or 812-575-0211. The Mission is located at 3407 Bellemeade Avenue.
…Monthly Crafting Workshop: Everyone is welcome to bring projects, ideas to share, or willingness to learn. Meet in Fellowship Hall. Emily Wood is the coordinator. The Next meeting is January 12th at 3:00
Happy Birthday: Fr. Lucas C (27th); Dan M (30th)
Name Day Remembrances: St. Katherine (25th): Cathy Alexander, Katie Alexander, Mallory Finchum, Catherine Gillquist, Karen Hrisomalos, Sharon Catherine Kolasinski, Amy Catherine Polit, Rachel Barber, Kelly Sanderson, Lina Tabbal – St. Andrew (30th) Andrew Labban; Don Haney
Memory Eternal: Archpriest Stephen Rhudy ; Veronica Bogan (19th)
Prayer List: Ben Swakopf; Nancy Jones; Bruce; Joanna Zaharako; Impey and Tudorica families; Alice & Marvin; Charles; Vicki; Linda’s sister Dee; Mary Ann; Griggs family; Alexander family; Emilija with child (doing well on bed rest); Kristina (Weber) with child; Sharon Catherine; Lillian Purcell; Eileen; Leanne; Ashlee W; Kh. Kristina; Vivian; Paul; Cathy; Sitto; Elias; Waded; Neva; Bill; Lonnie; Fr. George; Fr. Basil; Iva Lee; Nancy & Shalayna; Ty & Hannah (with child); Seraphima; Lilly’s family; Jennifer D; Pastor Pat; those suffering in the drug crisis, with flood damage or hurricane damage in the USA; Those suffering in Syria and the Middle East; safety in public places, in our schools and on our southern border; Metropolitan Paul; Archbishop John; our church and our nation.
Today’s Epistle and Gospel Readings
Prokeimenon: “God is wondrous in His saints.”
Verse: “Bless God in the congregations.” Psalm 67:35,26
Epistle: The Reading is from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians. (3:23-4:5)
(For St. Katherine the Great-Martyr)
Brethren, before faith came, we were confined under the Law, kept under restraint until faith should be revealed. So that the Law was our custodian until Christ came, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian; for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no better than a slave, though he is the owner of all the estate; but he is under guardians and trustees until the date set by the father. So with us; when we were children, we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe. But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.
Gospel: The Reading is from the Holy Gospel according St. Luke. (18:18-27)
At that time, a man came testing Jesus and asking, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. Do not kill. Do not steal. Do not bear false witness. Honor your father and mother.’” And the man said, “All these I have observed from my youth.” And when Jesus heard it, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the man heard this he became sad, for he was very rich. Jesus, seeing him sad, said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus said, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”
Divine Liturgy Variables for choir and Parish
Resurrectional Apolytikion – Tone 1
While the stone was sealed by the Jews, and the soldiers were guarding Thy most pure body, Thou didst arise on the third day, O Savior, granting life to the world. For which cause the heavenly powers cried aloud unto Thee, O Giver of Life. Glory to Thy Resurrection, O Christ; Glory to Thy Kingdom,; Glory to Thy Providence, O Thou Who alone art the lover of mankind.
Apolytikion of the Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4
Today the Virgin is the foreshadowing of the pleasure of God, and the beginning of the preaching of the salvation of mankind. Thou hast appeared in the Temple of God openly and hast gone before, preaching Christ to all. Let us shout with one thrilling voice, saying, Rejoice, O thou who art the fulfillment of the Creator’s dispensation.
Apolytikion of St. Katherine the great Martyr – Tone 5
Let us praise the all-lauded and noble bride of Christ, * the godly Katherine, the guardian of Sinai and its defense, * who is also our support and succor and our help; * for with the Holy Spirit’s sword * she hath silenced brilliantly the clever among the godless; * and being crowned as a Martyr, she now doth ask great mercy for us all.
Kontakion of the Entrance of the Theotokos – Tone 4
The sacred treasury of God’s holy glory, * the greatly precious bridal chamber and Virgin, * the Savior’s most pure temple, free of stain and undefiled, * into the House of the Lord * on this day is brought forward * and bringeth with herself the grace * of the Most Divine Spirit; * her do God’s Angels hymn with songs of praise, * for she is truly the heavenly tabernacle.
Megalynarion of the Entrance – Tone 4 (Instead of ‘It is Truly Meet)
The Angels beholding the entrance of the all-pure one were overtaken by surprise; how hath the Virgin entered into the Holy of Holies?
Since thou art a living temple of God, O Theotokos, no impure hand shall touch thee. But the lips of believers, let them ceaselessly laud thee, crying unto thee joyfully with the voice of the angels, Verily, O undefiled Virgin, thou art more exalted than all creatures.
Koinonikon (Communion Hymn) for the Entrance – Tone 8
I will take the cup of salvation, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord. Alleluia.